Fall view

Fall view
A View From Our Deck

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Day to Remember or to Forget

Well I guess all days living in this nice area with lots of privacy and wildlife isn't perfect.  No place is.  I had quite a day.

In the morning we usually have oatmeal for breakfast, except two days a week my husband makes eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast.  On this particular morning, I made oatmeal.  There is no need to cook oatmeal on the stove or buy instant oatmeal.  It cooks great in a microwave and you don't have a separate kettle to wash.  All you do is put in half as much oatmeal as water and microwave it for a minute or so depending on whether you have quick oats or old fashioned.  So I put in 1/4 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup water, a few raisins and some sugar in a bowl and set it in the microwave.  I set it for 1 minute 15 seconds.  Then while that was cooking I cut a piece of bread and put it in the toaster.  When the oatmeal is done so is the toast.  I pour a little pitcher of milk, put some cinnamon on the oatmeal and take it to my dad.  This time when the microwave beeped and I opened the door,  the oatmeal wasn't done.  I tried again and realized that although everything on the microwave was working (timer, light, fan, turntable), the food wasn't cooking.  The microwave is less than two years old and it's broken.

The next thing I do in the morning is go out and retrieve the SD card from the trail camera and replace it with another.  I did this as usual and came in to look at the photos.  The card reader didn't work.  Card readers are such a convenient way of loading photos onto a computer, but not today.

The next thing to happen was my camera.  I always have my camera handy in case I see something of interest either in the house or outside.  My husband spotted either a fox or coyote running across the marsh.  I grabbed the camera and didn't get there in time, but noticed my LCD screen was not lighting up.  I took the battery out and charged it.  This camera has a rechargeable battery and it lasts a very long time between charges.  I put the fully charged battery in the camera and it still didn't work.  I emailed Canon and they gave me a solution.  I tried and it drained the battery.  At that point Canon told me I had to send the camera in.  Now I don't know what to do.  I may buy a new battery to see if that is the problem or else I have to send it in.  My camera is a very good camera and this makes me mad.  It is still under warranty so I guess that is what I need to do.

This is not a good day, but then I discovered the problem.  I was finally able to see the photos on the trail camera and this is what I found.   The Headless Countess Wannabe has struck again (see Critters of the Night blog) and this time she is wearing a gray wig and has stolen my turquoise ring.  She is eating well too.  Look at that double chin.  And her pants don't even match.  She looks a bit like Queen Elizabeth but I'm sure she wouldn't be traveling incognito in Wisconsin in the winter.  Hopefully soon the stars will align and everything will get back to normal.


I can only guess what she is pouring into that dish.  Yuck!